On Tuesday, the Washington Senate passed legislation that would make it easier for frontline workers to get workers' compensation for occupational diseases.
S.B. 5115, which was approved in a 49-1 vote, would amend existing state law to establish that if a frontline worker suffers from a contagious or contagious disease that is the subject of a public health scandal, the worker is assumed to have acquired the disease in the workplace. The legislation would give employers an opportunity to refute the assumption.
The bill would also mandate employers requiring workers to wear personal protective equipment during a public health emergency to provide necessary equipment at no cost to employees, and would prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who raise responsible concerns about infection control in the workplace.
The bill will now be handed over to the State House. If signed into law, it would enter into force immediately.
More insurance and labor compensation news about the coronavirus crisis here .